Wednesday, November 27, 2013

School Age Storytime -- Flutterby Butterfly!

A celebration of individual difference, life-cycle, nature and change.
(Combines fiction and non-fiction, a sensitive look at disability and also provides an introduction to a fascinating Renaissance artist.)
School Age Storytime (Kdg-4th grade)

(Note: for Kdg, sometmes omit some titles and use some of the songs
from the Pre-School Storytime:
Bob and Otto – Nick Bruel (Kdg-2) - (Otto the worm is saddened when his friend Bob the caterpillar becomes a butterfly until Bob reassures him that his role in digging through the earth is critical in this story which beautifully combines earth science and the power of friendship.) Longer but equally beautiful story with similar theme: Bubba & Trixie – Lisa Campbell Ernst(An adventuresome ladybug with a damaged wing who cannot fly befriends an apprehensive caterpillar and helps him learn to enjoy life and be happy with what he is and what he becomes.)

A Butterfly is Patient 595.789 AST (wonderful book in the An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy series).great info. – this middle-aged librarian learned a lot (e.g. the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon - the latter is spun of silk, the former is a kind of exoskeleton formed from the caterpillar's skin; also that butterflies can fly a mile in 3 minutes (faster than a human can run).some classes are going to research speed of animals and graph this.)  Booktalked: Steve Jenkins'  book Just a Second; A Different Way to Look at Time  529 JEN.

"Ultraviolet" (Butterfly Poem) from Butterfly Eyes & Other Secrets of the Meadow 811.54 SID (a "guess the answer" poem collection, also shared page on milkweed & butterflies - introduced vocabulary/science: toxin, predator, pollination, ultraviolet) Here's an article on why butterflies may have evolved UV vision:
and some UV pictures of flowers:

If at First You Do Not See - Ruth Brown (clever turn upside down book -- vegetation becomes faces...inspired by the works of the 16th c. Italian painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo - showed book Hello Fruit Face 759.5 STR  -- kids will adore seeing his amazing paintings -- images online at:  or go to for more links and info.) more info on a related program:

Butterfly Boy – Steven Kroll (A boy and his disabled grandfather eagerly await the return of the butterflies in this story from Mexico) and/or Butterfly House – Eve Bunting  (A girl and her grandfather hatch butterflies, whose annual return continue to bring joy to her, even after her grandfather is gone.) 

Pop-up book or flannel/puppet: Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle (Kdg only)

Sign Language Song: Look up Look Down (alt: Let's Take a Little Walk) -from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs – Robert Berg, et. all 419 PIC 

DVD: Waiting for Wings (on Weston Woods PPR DVD "Spring Science” -- a beautiful musical version of Lois Ehlert’s story)

5.13, 5.15, 4.16  Bedm. (varied which titles being used)
Additional possibilities:
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar 595.87139 PRINGLE
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey 595.789 BURNS Depicts a butterfly farm in Costa Rica.
Questions, Questions – Marcus Pfister – (beautiful book asks questions about natural phenomena)

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